Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dress Makeover #1 - Coral

I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since I posted all of the crazy dresses I got at the thrift store sale!  I've been working on several of them on and off since then.  I have a WHOLE new respect for Marissa from New Dress A Day for doing a dress every single day!  I've mostly been doing 20-30 min on a dress, and then setting it aside to come back to later. It's a lot of work!

This is the first dress that I "finished". That's in quotation marks because I still want to do a little bit of tweaking to make it fit just a little better, but for the most part, it's done.

Here's a reminder of what we started with:


Kindly ignore that I took this at like 4am with no makeup!

The alterations on this one were really simple. First, I shortened it to a little above knee length.  (I couldn't fit the whole length in the above pic, but it went down to my ankles!)  Next, I HAD to get rid of the little flappy things up by the shoulders.  Here's a close-up...


A wee bit too first grade teacher for me!  I popped the buttons off with a seam ripper, snipped off that rounded end, took the top part of the sleeve apart, and resewed it.

My last step was to remove most of the buttons that ran up one side of the dress. 


I had to leave two buttons at the bottom, because they were keeping the slit on the side of the dressed closed, and to be honest it was much easier to just leave them than to figure out how to cover up the button holes that would be left behind if I took them off!

Finished product?



I still need to take it in just a little bit. It's fitted in the chest, but along the sides is kind of baggy, which with this type of dress makes me look wider. 

So here is my question for you guys!  I am still kind of thinking about dying it pink, because I'm not a huge fan of the coral color it currently is. It looks a little pinker in these photos than it is, so imagine a slightly more grapefruity-orangeness. To dye or not to dye?

I'd also love to hear your feedback!  It's ok to be honest!

2 comments:

~JoRdAn~ said...

I think it looks good on you just the way it is. Color and all. :)

Deborah Dumm said...

looks nice!!!!!!!!!!